Archive for the ‘Community Speaks’ Category

Teacher of Distinction Awards

The Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program’s 2013-14 Teachers of Distinction were announced today in surprise classroom visits to their schools. These teachers will continue in the Golden Apple Selection process and from this group, five (5) teachers will be selected to receive a Golden Apple.

The Teachers of Distinction and the Golden Apple recipients will be honored at the 24th Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner presented by Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foun…

Speaker Talks on Implementing Core Values

Vistage Group 2046, an executive leadership program, recently hosted internationally recognized motivational speaker Jay Rifenbary, at their invitation-only “Vistage Values Forum” in Naples on Wednesday, September 18th. Approximately 80 people attended, gaining powerful insights that can be applied in the workplace and personally.

 

President of Rifenbary Training & Development, Rifenbary graduated from West Point and has since led a diverse career, providing valuable perspectives …

Champions Challenge

Join us on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Waldorf Astoria Naples for this inaugural event presented by Arthrex that will provide an interactive experience around the current issues in education and challenge us as a community to champion learning for every student, every day.

This year’s Challenge will engage educators, school and district leaders, parents, students, community members and business leaders in a hands-on experience to better understand what it means for students to be col…

PING Helps Vets with Their Swing

I think this is something that all golfers should be aware of. In fact, I think all Americans should be aware of this. According to snopes.com this story is true.

THANK YOU, PING

This isn’t a joke or cartoon; just something interesting to know . . . you may want to forward this on to others.

On Monday, I played the Disney, Lake Buena Vista course. As usual the starters matched me with three other players. After a few holes we began to get to know each other a bit. One fellow was rather youn…

Take Stock In Children

Edison State College—Collier Campus, students were inducted into the Take Stock in Children program of Champions For Learning as part of a collaborative community pilot. They are joined by Edison State College Student Government Association representatives, along with (L-R back) Linda Morton, Champions For Learning; Jim Hoppensteadt, Chair of Champions For Learning; Cindy Lewis, Dean of Students ESC– Collier; Walt Kapinos, South…

Eric Metaxas Speaks At Community Prayer Breakfast

New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas was in Fort Myers for the National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 2, as the guest speaker at the Community Prayer Breakfast presented by the Community Prayer Breakfast Committee.

More than 1,300 people jammed Harborside Event Center to attend the breakfast, now in its 30th year. The John E. and Aliese Price Foundation sponsors the annual event.

Metaxas is the author of New York Times best seller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which r…

Champions For Learning Celebrates Take Stock in Children Graduates

Champions For Learning is very proud to congratulate the 35 new graduates of the Take Stock In Children Scholarship and Mentoring Program. The seniors from several Collier County high schools will be eligible to utilize their college scholarships in the fall of 2013.

 

The graduation was celebrated at a ceremony at the Bower Chapel at Moorings Park on April 23, 2013, and was sponsored by BB&T, Moorings Park, and Florida Gulf Coast University.

 

This year, Marianne Robinson, who h…

Fifth Annual Grande Dames Tea

PACE Center for Girls of Lee County has selected three more women to be honored at the Fifth Annual Grande Dames Tea honoring some of our community’s most revered women. 

This year’s honorees are:

                ● Thelma Hodges of Naples – Philanthropist and namesake of Hodges University with her husband Earl, Thelma Hodges was one of the first three nurses hired at Naples Community Hospital.  She retired from the hospital after a 22-year career, but continue…

The Return to Spirituality

2013 has arrived and not a moment too soon. It is tradition to take an overview of the year gone by, conjuring up a brand new viewpoint of objectives to be met in the New Year. We review and identify any goals we may have accomplished; dust off our defeats, or wallow in them; we tend to examine things that could have been done differently, and regret responding impulsively. Remember that e-mail or tweet that was sent in the heat of the moment before taking a deep cleansing breath? In retrospect, t…

HARLEY-DAVIDSON AND SHERIFF’S OFFICE REBUILD MOTORCYCLE

Local teenagers, the Lee County Sheriff’s Youth Activities League (SYAL) and Fort Myers Harley-Davidson recently joined together to create something very special… Led by Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey Santella, Executive Director of SYAL, a group of seven local teenagers worked with technicians and volunteers at Fort Myers Harley-Davidson to restore and raffle off a 1959 Harley-Davidson Pan Head that had been seized by the Sheriff’s Office, netting $20,000.

 

Starting from an idea Fo…